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reporter she was able to go home at night and flip or area,. she could disappear and into star trek, star wars, or many other less accomplished things. there were, of course, things i did not know. as i say, she was a private individual pick, or ahead doctrine which she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in only had 17 months to live. i did not know she had been living. i did not really appreciate the price it paid for all for fame. this was costly. this was a woman who really did for for being in the library stacks are being by herself or with one friend. she made tens of thousands of speeches and had to psych herself up for every single one. she understood she of on a government expense, we had pave the way, it was a
government agency her legacy is completely secure. in the course of writing this book more than 200 interviews with family and close friend and colleagues, i learned things about her i had no idea about. but i found the same extraordinary woman i had known when i covered her. she was a california girl who wanted to save the planet, an introvert his radiant spirit polder in the public service. an academic who could explain raindrops to a class full of college students and the wonders of weightlessness to a room full of little girls. a purple heart in world war two. an eisenhower republican. another was a complete lefty who love the fact that her left cancel the her has been servicing the time. they both believe in
education. sally was lucky because of the emphasis on science that this country adopted after this but make. allegro and 1957. and she'd been unfazed from all of that. i was in high school. perhaps some of you did the same thing. i remember going outside in my backyard and looking out and seeing this thing going around. and was released gary. she benefited from the push to science. an auburn saturday night she was raised to open the door. when she read the article the fact that she could change her career plans like that, she could just move on it, it was a great lesson.
sally took a different moral from that moment and would deadpanned to student audiences. i guess the messages reach your college newspaper. she did it all with a smile. when she returned from that first flight she flew twice. in june of 83 after all the work she had done she said from the tarmac the thing i'll remember most about this flight is that it was fun. in fact, i am sure it was the most fun i will ever have in my life. she had plenty of fun later on. years later she elaborated facing an auditorium filled with a thousand youngsters imagine a run twice the size. she would say to the kids, i imagine this room and space. you could do 35 somersaults in a row. she would say to my favorite thing about space was being weightless. there is not even a close second. every eye in the room would be huge and why and they would immediately signed up to be astronauts. an icon to kids and
grown-ups alike, five ft. five in a half but could intimidate the best of them. as one colleague put it it was only after you left a presence that you realize she was really short. there was that ability to be bigger than you actually are she was a child of the eisenhower years who was inspired by kennedy, marks against nixon, flew under reagan and then advised one and obama. flying in space was not her childhood pool or amendment. i call what i have learned from our flying lessons. she taught me and can teach all of us. whenever our own personal limits there is always something out there grander than we can measure, more marvelous then we can imagine, something that is just waiting to be explored. she proved that you don't need the right plumbing to
have the right stuff. in any field, in any endeavor. and after smashing through the ultimate glass ceiling without messing up return i think she brought back the ultimate lesson. she was asked over and over, what did you see out there? will was it like? what did you see? and incidently her undergraduate degree in physics as a double major as an undergraduate she also majored in english which i truly heder for. she was a shakespearean, can you imagine. so when she was asked this question should but science and eloquence together. that dazzling reality that she saw out there into a beam of the encouragement for the rest of us on earth. what did she see? i am going to repeat the words that you saw on the screen. she would say the stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter. i think it is exactly the kind of message you want to hear from the first american woman in space, an optimist,
a sunny, can-do person who made us all believe that this is a wonderful way to live our lives. thank you very much. [applause] >> we do have some time left . the audience microphone here on the side. >> be brave. but don't ask me about weeping. >> actually, i apologize for almost changing the subject. i am curious about the soviet women, the two soviet women. >> right. the two soviet women. >> lost track. no one written anything. >> the question is about the to the soviet cosmonaut, fee now cosmonauts to bid we
don't know i huge amount about them. in particular who -- we don't know lot about hair. a very accomplished fire. and they're is a wonderful story that i tell them the book. on just give you the bare outline. sally, after her flight, is on a publicity tour, the post flight publicity tour that they all have to do. one of the places they go is budapest for international aeronautics and astronautics federation meeting.
remember the korean airlines jet that was shot down by the russians and 1983? this was right after that. a state department said to sally and the pilot and both of their spouses, no fraternizing with the enemy. we are cold war enemy at that moment was behaving very badly. we had terrible relationships. they said, we don't want any front-page pictures of your drinking vodka is interesting each other and having a wonderful time. stay away from the cosmonauts. they thought, terrific. we will do that. they get there. all of a sudden sally feels that tap on her shoulder and here is sally and she turns around and there is fat mama. here is sally ride who is one month earlier become the first american woman in space meeting for the first time one of only two other women who have ever been in space. as she is dying to talk to her. and i will give it all away now.
there was a secret meeting, and it was quite extraordinary and it formed a lifetime bond. so once again, she sort of pushed the envelope a little bit and figured, i can bend the rules as long as no one gets hurt. in fact, no one knew this story fully until i told it in the book. the state department only now is finding out about it. [laughter] >> other questions. >> no questions? >> everyone wants to get their books signed. >> that's great. thank you all for coming. [applause] >> up behind the cash register. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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